Dale Haslam's train blog: Cattle prod may make people wait for me

Dale Haslam's train blog: Cattle prod may make people wait for me

A scene from a crowded commuter train

A scene from a crowded commuter train

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Reporter Dale Haslam continues his regular blog on his daily train commute in and out of Bolton.

AS I get older, my tolerance level for selfishness and discourteousness shrinks, and nowhere else is this more evident than on the railway.

While there are bound to be more incidents of rudeness when lots of people are crammed into a small space and all trying to get somewhere fast, there is no excuse for being lazy and ill-mannered.

Take, for instance, Platform 14 at Manchester Piccadilly, which is probably the busiest part of the station because the vast majority of local services stop there.

Thick yellow lines have been painted on the ground right by the stairs that lead on to the platform, similar to a box junction on a road.

It does not take a genius to work out what it indicates, yet, any day of the week, you will see dozens of people standing there, blocking the entrance.

Then there are those who put their bags on train seats so others have to stand up or, worse still, those who put their feet on seats.

Bolton station cannot escape the trend.

Some people walking to the platforms seem incapable of keeping to the left, so there is a game of human dodgems every time you walk by.

It is a sad state of affairs when signs are needed to remind people how to walk properly.

But my biggest bugbear is people who storm on to the train before letting people off.

This problem has become worse at Bolton during the rush hour since — in its infinite wisdom — TransPennine Express decided to reduce the number of carriages on their busiest services.

Each morning, I prepare to get off at Bolton in the hope that the crowd of those wanting to get on are going to let me. I am thinking of bringing a cattle prod to work next week.

I am not saying these things make me fly into a fit of rage, it just disappoints me a bit. It never makes me lose hope that people will become kinder, though.

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12:53pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Darren1951 says...

People who stand right up to a newly arrived train, forming an almost impenetrable semi-circle in fromf of the door(s), are also particularly annoying.
People who stand right up to a newly arrived train, forming an almost impenetrable semi-circle in fromf of the door(s), are also particularly annoying. Darren1951
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1:21pm Mon 3 Feb 14

MarkAllRead says...

"Then there are those who put their bags on train seats so others have to stand up"

These people are irritating but they are easily dealt with by simply asking them to move their bags. However, I've seen so many people lack the bottle to ask someone to move their stuff, that this makes the problem so much worse.
"Then there are those who put their bags on train seats so others have to stand up" These people are irritating but they are easily dealt with by simply asking them to move their bags. However, I've seen so many people lack the bottle to ask someone to move their stuff, that this makes the problem so much worse. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 4

1:23pm Mon 3 Feb 14

MarkAllRead says...

"But my biggest bugbear is people who storm on to the train before letting people off."

I've seen this happen a few times when someone is slow in getting off in the first place. Most carriages have two doors and people getting on get anxious when they see the carriage being filled from the other door while they are still waiting for people to shuffle off at their door.
"But my biggest bugbear is people who storm on to the train before letting people off." I've seen this happen a few times when someone is slow in getting off in the first place. Most carriages have two doors and people getting on get anxious when they see the carriage being filled from the other door while they are still waiting for people to shuffle off at their door. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 2

5:58pm Mon 3 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

"Then there are those who put their bags on train seats so others have to stand up" For a start, actions like that clearly show how thick and ignorant they are. Should I ever need to use rush hour trains, god help me, they would be asked to shift their stuff.

Anyone who is prepared to travel on a lousy British train service, and tolerate some ignorant thicko of a buffoon leaving their bag and stuff on a seat, without saying something have NO RIGHT to moan about it.

Cattle prod??? FFS Dale Haslam, more like a police issued taser is more the tool required.

Paying a fortune for the privilige for what can only be classed as p**s poor service is nothing short of a joke.
"Then there are those who put their bags on train seats so others have to stand up" For a start, actions like that clearly show how thick and ignorant they are. Should I ever need to use rush hour trains, god help me, they would be asked to shift their stuff. Anyone who is prepared to travel on a lousy British train service, and tolerate some ignorant thicko of a buffoon leaving their bag and stuff on a seat, without saying something have NO RIGHT to moan about it. Cattle prod??? FFS Dale Haslam, more like a police issued taser is more the tool required. Paying a fortune for the privilige for what can only be classed as p**s poor service is nothing short of a joke. wsw69
  • Score: 0

8:50pm Mon 3 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

The travelling public (especially on trains) really do annoy me. People who push the door open button as soon as the train arrives on the platform before the guard has released the doors. Push when illuminated!!!!!!!!!
! Idiots.
The travelling public (especially on trains) really do annoy me. People who push the door open button as soon as the train arrives on the platform before the guard has released the doors. Push when illuminated!!!!!!!!! ! Idiots. FreedomOfSpeech1945
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